As a born and raised Edmontonian artist I have always been inspired by going somewhere new when on vacation. For me “somewhere new” became back home to Edmonton after I was living in Africa for 6 years. I see now my time in Africa was like a purge of all that I was new and oh too comfortable with. Once I was back home, living next to the district I grew up in as a child, I saw the areas I have known for years as absolutely spectacular. I saw the vibrant colours of the changing sweet autumn leaves in our river valley driving through river road in a whole new way. Now I saw colour in everything. The colours popped out from everything I’ve known but not noticed in decades....diversity of our cultures blended so beautifully, lights on bridges, and later the beauty of shifting colours of snow and ice dancing in ice sculptures . Spring always leads to a gritty rebirth of earth, and vibrant new born greens and kisses of spring blossoms reviving all of our senses. Then ahhh after much waiting it’s festival season...(also known as summer)The copious events filled with the colours of theatre, music festivals and happy painted little faces, this is a season filled with colour excitement and fun...hellloooo Carifest! Now blends of colour is my inspiration in all that I paint. Who ever said you can’t go home again has never lived in Edmonton!
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